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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin

ペルソナ2 罪

Developer / Publisher: Atlus
24 June 1999
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After beginning as a third-rate SMT clone, Persona II: Innocent Sin expanded and improved on most fronts, and shifted direction greatly. The story (its greatest acheivement) tackles subjects such as the human psyche and guilt in more dynamic ways its predecessor could not quite accomplish. Each party member combines to represent a much more personal, deeper psychological aspect unheard of in JRPG story. The clever application of moral decision-making - that are few but impactful, keep a consistently poignant theme throughout. Boasting a strong cast of troubled characters, Innocent Sin enjoys an engaging storyline dotted with glimpses of character development through melancholic story moments that brought flavor to each member of the party. Angst and despair accompany chunks of the storyline and never seem to let go, even after the conclusion of key points and crises. Several villains and NPCs were also handled brilliantly, with a few exceptions. Another major achievement lies in its story themes translated to gameplay mechanics in innovative ways - the rumor system, where its plethora of unlockable content (minigames, shops, side quests, items, special weapons, armor) are all delivered cleverly.

While the story is easily the game's greatest success, other aspects don't fare as well. The tarot cards (replacing personas) is questionable, yielding little but grindy gameplay and frustration. Combat remains mostly simplistic despite the addition of custom turn orders and some personality in character animation, and Skill fusions is a powerful mechanic rendered frustrating by its cryptic nature. The modified talk system is also a mixed bag of RNG trial and error that only serves to highlight the grindiness, turning tarot card collecting into a tiresome slog.

Regardless, Innocent Sin managed a deeply personal, psychological work that shunned the grandeur and melodrama of its contemporaries, resulting in a haunting antithesis of the 'epic-scale adventure' blueprint established by Dragon Quest.
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mittelmaessigexistent ペルソナ2 罪 2024-06-21T09:18:12Z
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Nonoririko ペルソナ2 罪 2024-06-21T07:20:16Z
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Shiromizu ペルソナ2 罪 2024-06-17T11:07:43Z
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Megistotherium Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin 2024-06-15T07:44:15Z
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nionnex ペルソナ2 罪 2024-06-12T19:18:18Z
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_cojiro ペルソナ2 罪 2024-06-10T21:58:36Z
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varinrin ペルソナ2 罪 2024-06-06T11:43:47Z
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VaLeReFeICaO ペルソナ2 罪 2024-06-01T19:13:08Z
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Kriika ペルソナ2 罪 2024-06-01T10:55:40Z
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JmoZ ペルソナ2 罪 2024-05-29T09:57:24Z
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Efourman Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin 2024-05-28T04:08:42Z
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  • Gayvyn 2023-05-26 06:56:14.772474+00
    Ps1 version seems pretty great, though i didn't get as invested in it as i hoped (i stoppd early on but i plan to go back to it)
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  • Gayvyn 2023-05-26 06:58:32.260268+00
    Also the encounter rate.... yeah it's not great, but this is the case for most classic jrpgs, so im kinda confused why it's always brought up for this game but not other jrpgs. I guess it's mostly people who came from the newer games which don't have random encounters
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    • Gayvyn 2023-05-26 06:59:57.954909+00
      Personally random encounters are just something you get used to overtime, so it probably shouldn't bother me when i go back to this
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  • thesoyman 2023-06-22 22:54:17.017731+00
    @gayvyn It probably helps that jrpgs with modern ports have abilties to reduce them, it probably also helps that *some* other old school jrpgs don't have dreadful combat like this one
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  • betaaaaaa 2023-06-27 05:15:17.627442+00
    thank god for fast forward
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  • RiskR 2023-11-13 15:04:23.625294+00
    cant wait ti play this
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  • Regal_Throes 2024-01-16 06:12:44.102418+00
    It's whoopass time!
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  • poopbutt10 2024-02-08 23:24:40.186873+00
    i love this game - i think of it a bit too fondly in my eyes
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  • poopbutt10 2024-02-08 23:25:23.291102+00
    still need to play through eternal punishment but i have no time to - shame on my part really
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